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Harvard Releases 2021 State of Housing Report

The Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies released this week “The State of the Nation’s Housing 2021” report.  The report details the current state of housing including many factors influencing supply and demand.  See Harvard Joint Center

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May Canadian Housing Starts Rise

The monthly standalone seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of Canadian housing starts in May was 275,916 units, up 3.2% from April. The SAAR of urban starts rose 1.8% to 254,647 in May. Multiple urban starts rose 10.9% to 190,530 and single-family levels dropped 18% from April to 64,117. The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)

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Canadian Manufacturing Increases in April

Seasonally adjusted Canadian wood product sales in April were $4.9 billion (CAD), increasing 6.5% from March and 152.4% from the comparable month in 2020. Sales of furniture and related products totaled $1.05 billion, rising 1.6% from March and 79.2% from April 2020. Canadian manufacturing sales for all industries fell 2.1% from March to $57.1 billion

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OSHA Updates COVID-19 Guidance for Employers

This week, OSHA issued an update to guidance the agency prepared in 2020 for employers to address the COVID-19 pandemic.  The guidance provides recommendations for employers to create programs and methodologies to continue to protect employees from COVID-19.  OSHA also issued an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) for workplaces that employ healthcare workers.  The ETS was

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SEC Proposes Criteria for ESG Shareholder Reporting

The Security Exchange Commission (SEC) recently solicited comments on how publicly traded companies should report environmental, social and governance (ESG) commitments to shareholders.  This issue has received significant attention recently as large private equity firms, pension funds and other large shareholder organizations have begun to demand more thorough reporting on ESG risk and opportunities confronting

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Bestar-Bush Becomes eSolutions Furniture

Bestar-Bush, Sherbrooke, Quebec, has rebranded and changed its corporate name to eSolutions Furniture Group. Bestar, owned by Canadian private equity group Novacap, purchased Bush Industries in 2020 and now operates furniture production sites in Quebec, New York, Pennsylvania and Asia. See Woodworking Network and eSolutions Furniture Group

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Harvard Releases 2021 State of Housing Report

The Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies released this week “The State of the Nation’s Housing 2021” report.  The report details the current state of housing including many factors influencing supply and demand.  See Harvard Joint Center

Read More »

May Canadian Housing Starts Rise

The monthly standalone seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of Canadian housing starts in May was 275,916 units, up 3.2% from April. The SAAR of urban starts rose 1.8% to 254,647 in May. Multiple urban starts rose 10.9% to 190,530 and single-family levels dropped 18% from April to 64,117. The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)

Read More »

Canadian Manufacturing Increases in April

Seasonally adjusted Canadian wood product sales in April were $4.9 billion (CAD), increasing 6.5% from March and 152.4% from the comparable month in 2020. Sales of furniture and related products totaled $1.05 billion, rising 1.6% from March and 79.2% from April 2020. Canadian manufacturing sales for all industries fell 2.1% from March to $57.1 billion

Read More »

OSHA Updates COVID-19 Guidance for Employers

This week, OSHA issued an update to guidance the agency prepared in 2020 for employers to address the COVID-19 pandemic.  The guidance provides recommendations for employers to create programs and methodologies to continue to protect employees from COVID-19.  OSHA also issued an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) for workplaces that employ healthcare workers.  The ETS was

Read More »

SEC Proposes Criteria for ESG Shareholder Reporting

The Security Exchange Commission (SEC) recently solicited comments on how publicly traded companies should report environmental, social and governance (ESG) commitments to shareholders.  This issue has received significant attention recently as large private equity firms, pension funds and other large shareholder organizations have begun to demand more thorough reporting on ESG risk and opportunities confronting

Read More »

Bestar-Bush Becomes eSolutions Furniture

Bestar-Bush, Sherbrooke, Quebec, has rebranded and changed its corporate name to eSolutions Furniture Group. Bestar, owned by Canadian private equity group Novacap, purchased Bush Industries in 2020 and now operates furniture production sites in Quebec, New York, Pennsylvania and Asia. See Woodworking Network and eSolutions Furniture Group

Read More »
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